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Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Manual

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Use of this Manual

Note: Sections not linked reside within the section header page.

Organization of the Department of Psychology

Organization of the Clinical Section

Role of the Director of Clinical Training

Program Mission and Objectives

General Requirements for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Elective Training in Clinical Child Psychology

Elective Training in Quantitative Concentration (available for clinical and experimental students)

Student Evaluations

Other Section and Departmental Policies and Procedures

History of Changes to this Manual

About the Clinical Ph.D. Graduate Student Manual for Psychology


Summer 2023

This manual is designed to help students understand the doctoral program in clinical psychology. It describes the organization of the Clinical Section; the requirements for the clinical psychology specialization and for the elective training in our other major area of study (clinical child psychology); and various procedures that students will need to follow to complete the program. The manual is a reference for students regarding their program requirements and responsibilities.

This manual is a supplement to, not a substitute for, the Graduate Catalog. Students are expected to know the information in the Graduate Catalog as well as in this manual and to be responsible for completing the various requirements. If students need further information, they should consult with their mentor/adviser, the Director of Clinical Training, or the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies.

This manual is also subject to changes during the time of a student’s matriculation through the program. Students should be aware that requirements may change in response to developments in the field, per guidelines put forth by the American Psychological Association, or programmatic enhancements decided upon by the Clinical Section. All changes will be announced to students, with clear indications as to which cohorts of students they will affect. Students are encouraged to attend to communications from the Director of Clinical Training and their student representative with regard to any important changes, to check the Department website or the Clinical Student Teams channel for the latest version of the manual (which is updated only once a year), or to request an updated pdf copy of the manual at the start of every academic year, to stay up to date with any important changes. 

Use of This Manual

This manual was designed to be used as a reference for students regarding program requirements and responsibilities. Students should be aware that requirements may change in response to developments in the field, per guidelines put forth by the American Psychological Association, or programmatic enhancements. Any changes made by the Clinical Section will replace the information provided in this manual and students will be notified of those changes by the Director of Clinical Training and by the student representative to the Clinical Section.

History of Changes to this Manual


  • Internship committee changed to the Internship and Training Committee with increased responsibility for practica and traineeship placements.
  • History and Systems requirement modified so that the alternative test was eliminated. All students are now required to complete the course.
  • A brief description of potential costs associated with the internship was added.
  • Changes in the section regarding the 260 hour limit to include current policy.


  • Changes to the time limit section to match the graduate catalog.
  • Child clinical internship requirement wording changed (year child rotation on internship required)


  • Extra detail regarding the comps process
  • Deletion of references to stipend increase when MS degree awarded
  • Addition of required prospectus at the end of the first year
  • Changes and updates in the Health Track requirements
  • Addition of clinical program requirements checksheet


  • Change PSY789 to 2 CR (total of six quarters, or 12CR, needed to graduate)
  • Students register for Advanced Clinical Practicum (PSY889) while on traineeship
  • Cultural Diversity (PSY788) added as a required course
  • Revision of student evaluations (i.e., ratings provided in each of five categories)


  • Research requirement reduced from 4 to 2 courses (or equivalent)
  • "Specialization" terminology replaced with "Track"
  • Curriculum revision (deletion of PSY650; PSY750A/B mandatory in year 1)
  • Addition of PSY626 as a required course
  • Revisions to comprehensives grading procedure
  • Curriculum revision regarding courses that no longer satisfy our breadth requirement. Deletion of PSY 728, PSY 748A, PSY 884, PSY 762A, PSY 762B, PSY 763A, PSY 764A, PSY 764B)


  • Revisions to comprehensive exam grading procedures
  • Curriculum revision (addition of 641A (Psychoeducational Assessment), mandatory in year 1; addition of 894 (Advanced Clinical Seminar), mandatory in year 2
  • Specification that dissertation proposals must be defended in order for the students to apply for internship
  • Addition of a brief section at the very beginning of the manual, titled, Use of this Manual
  • Changes to clinical admissions procedures


  • Curriculum revision (addition of PSY 692 (Research Seminar)) for all first and second year students, each academic quarter.
  • Required practicum hours changed from 2 quarter hours for 6 quarters to 3 quarter hours for 6 quarters (i.e., 18 hours now required, instead of 12)
  • Change to evaluation procedure, such that, ratings in categories 1 through 5 will determine the overall evaluation letter rating that students receives
  • The last section pertaining to the 260 hour limit was deleted
  • Addition (under financial aid) of a statement about the maximum limit for receiving funding


  • Addition of a section on Program Mission and Objectives
  • The elimination of PSY 641A as a program requirement; movement of Personality (PSY 633) to Fall quarter (first year) and Personality Assessment I to Winter Quarter (first year).
  • Revision of the information required for APPIC
  • Revision of thesis and dissertation format information


  • Addition of PSY 894Y (Advanced Seminar in Clinical Supervision) as a requirement for all students
  • Addition of a required applied supervisory experience (i.e., PSY 894Z, serving as a GA for an assessment course, or co-supervising a group supervision with faculty supervisor, or other experience approved by the DCT).
  • Revision of thesis and dissertation format information


  • Revision of thesis and proposal deadlines and consequences for missing the deadlines (pgs. 39-40 clinical manual)
  • Elimination of PSY 680 (Health Psychology) as a biological breadth requirement; elimination of PSY 707 (Psycholinguistics) and PSY 708 (Judgment) as cognitive and affective aspects of behavior course requirements; and elimination of PSY 736 (Advanced Social Psychology) and PSY 761 (Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology) as social aspects of behavior course requirements


  • Added information about students required to document clinical hours with Time2Track program
  • Revised deadline for students applying for internship to submit materials to the committee
  • Eliminated PSY 623 as a course requirement and moved PSY 626 to the spring quarter (from the winter quarter)
  • Revised grading for comps such that a third grader is required if there is a 3 point discrepancy between raters
  • Added that students need to obtain 24 direct contact hours to obtain credit for an individual practicum (PSY 789)


  • Added information about Program Sanctioned Training Experiences
  • Added a section that outlines important deadlines
  • Added information to the section on "Continuation in the Doctoral Program" outlining students' responsibility to inform the Director of Clinical Training when they have completed their theses so that the continuation vote can take place.
  • Removed statement about requiring 24 direct contact hours to obtain credit for an individual practicum (PSY 789)


  • Added information on degree conferral and participation in the graduation ceremony
  • Corrected various typographical errors and cleaned up some formatting


  • Added language about needing to consider faculty workload/staffing in terms for section committees
  • Added language for procedures to receive approval to apply for internship to the yearly evaluation section
  • Added language about procedures for waiving courses, getting theses approved, and having approval of outside clinical hours obtained from prior graduate work for students entering with a master's degree
  • Added language about the master's degree and thesis requirements
  • Added requirement to have master's clinical hours approved by their prior supervisors
  • Added details on time limits for program requirements
  • Added details about student members on various committees
  • Made changes to training sequence based on section approved changes to course sequences
  • Updated student funding section based on current departmental policies
  • Added Conscience Clause language per recommendations from APA


  • Added language about Tenure-Track faculty participating in Clinic Section meetings and on student votes
  • Added language about changes to traineeship procedures
  • Clarified that M.A. students cannot waive practica but may be able to start traineeship early
  • Updated information about GAships and teaching opportunities/experiences
  • Clarified that missing any deadline results in automatic type II evaluation letter
  • Added English fluency requirements
  • Updated thesis/dissertation committee language


  • Removed track language and added details about all specialty training consistent with discussion in section
  • Updated all training information to new Standards of Accreditation
  • Added information about Background Checks, which was approved by section
  • Updated internship and comprehensive exam information based on feedback from respective committees
  • Removed the course checklist, as the Advising Center now offers graduate students an Excel macro to track completion of the program
  • Added in section-approved information regarding practicum at capacity
  • Added in information about tracking research hours that count towards clinical hours
  • Removed information about being able to walk in May commencement when completing internship in August, as the university no longer allows this


  • GRC passed new bylaws; used their descriptions of the student rep positions to update manual
  • added comments about upcoming changes to comprehensive exams (manual needed to be finalized before final changes were made)
  • added clinic advisory committee
  • added 7926 teaching practicum
  • added resource for international students
  • added that students and supervisors need to follow the Clinic Policies and Procedures Manual when working in clinic
  • added changes to traineeship procedures as per the traineeship sites
  • added text about members of thesis/and dissertation committees needing to physically attend meetings (university policy)


  • updated admissions procedures based on minor changes voted in by section
  • updated comps based on new procedures voted in by section
  • added in waiving of History and Systems if completed at the undergraduate level
  • added requirement regarding yearly research dissemination to additional requirements of the program
  • added appropriate use of student titles
  • updated traineeship procedures based on how traineeships wish to run this procedure in the future


  • Added another reminder that handbook policies/procedures and program requirements may change and students should stay informed
  • Added that the Internship and Training Committee will also review traineeship application materials
  • Added new references on proper ways to do reviews and MAs for comps
  • Added more guidance on page limits to comps
  • Updated the internship approval section to reflect changes to annual student evals
  • Added requirement that certain courses be completed at certain times
  • Updated student evaluation section to reflect the new timeline and procedures
  • Added in remediation procedures and remediation plan template


  • Updated the forward
  • Updated Internship and Traineeship Committee information
  • Updated course requirements
  • Updated Comprehensive Exam section (per changes requested by students)
  • Updated Integrated Report section of Assessment hours
  • Updated Traineeship appointment section
  • Added in the STDY 9000 registration requirement for internship


  • Updated DCT duties/responsibilities
  • Removed third stats requirement per section vote after student request
  • Updated comps procedures based on student feedback and committee feedback
  • Updated course requirement for traineeship registration to Fieldwork
  • Updated reference to thesis/dissertation forms
  • Added new traineeship travel information based on new procedure section voted in
  • Added in new shadowing for first years procedure as voted on in section
  • Updated research and travel funding based on CAS and department budget changes


  • Reorganized and clarified sections based on student use feedback
  • Updated SPEAK test information to VET test per university changes
  • Removed clinical health as elective major area of study after section discussion
  • Updated course numbers for Advanced Practicum and Fieldwork based on new policy adopted to support faculty workload for practicum supervision at CAS
  • Added new rules voted in by faculty for comps revision deadline


  • Removed GRE requirement from admissions process
  • Created and added a telesupervision policy
  • Clarified that they will need to continue practicum in the clinic at least during summer between 2nd and 3rd year
  • Added in the Time2Track resources and support
  • Updated PRISMA guidelines link for comprehensive exams
  • Removed clinical neuropsychology as elective major area of study